Del Conte announced the move in a statement on Twitter, saying “the time has come to take on a new challenge.”
— Chris Del Conte (@_delconte) December 9, 2017
UT president Greg Fenves also confirmed the move on Twitter, welcoming the former Horned Frog athletic director to Austin.
Thrilled to welcome Chris Del Conte as UT’s new VP & Director of Athletics. @_delconte will support student-athletes, win w/ integrity & bring @Texassports to new levels of success. Hook ‘Em, Chris – and thanks @UTmikeperrin for your dedication & service. https://t.co/nyQJqUo7qv
— Greg Fenves (@gregfenves) December 9, 2017
Del Conte will start Monday taking control of the Longhorn athletic department from current Texas AD Mike Perrin, who had been serving in an interim capacity since 2015.
TCU has seen a rise in athletic prosperity under Del Conte, who arrived in Fort Worth in October 2009. He led TCU into the Big 12 and led numerous renovations to athletic facilities including multi-million dollar renovations to Amon G. Carter Stadium, the facelift of Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena and upgrades to Lupton Stadium to name a few. Del Conte also spearheaded a new campaign to secure funds to add more club seating at Amon G. Carter Stadium in November.
His hire of Jamie Dixon as the Horned Frogs’ men’s basketball coach has revived the program in under two years as the men’s basketball team has the longest winning streak in the country.
Thank you, CDC. pic.twitter.com/acZjmaDZ2b
— Horned Frogs (@TCU_Athletics) December 9, 2017